Many people find a beautiful smile adds to one’s self-esteem, self-confidence and affects how others relate to you on a daily basis. A healthy, good looking smile is as important at age 60 as it is at age 16. Whether adult or child, we live in a competitive world and a great smile can help you succeed in life.
Unfortunately, not everyone is born with beautiful teeth. Crooked teeth or spaces between the teeth may be a source of embarrassment. More than that, improperly aligned teeth can also lead to tooth decay and many other dental and painful jaw disorders.
The goal of orthodontic treatment is a beautiful smile and a good bite, meaning straight teeth that fit well and work with the teeth in the opposite jaw. Having straight teeth and a good bite actually decreases the risk of future and potentially costly dental problems. Crooked and crowded teeth are hard to clean and maintain. Teeth that don’t fit well together (malocclusion) can cause tooth enamel to wear abnormally, difficulty in chewing and speaking and excess stress on supporting bone and gum tissue.
Today, adults account for one in every five orthodontic patients. The advance of technology has given us a number of options for orthodontic treatments. Besides traditional metal braces, tooth-colored braces, braces that go behind the teeth, clear aligners (Invisalign) and other devices give you and your orthodontist a number of ways to give you that beautiful healthy smile.
If you recognize any of these signs or concerns in your child or yourself, it might be time to schedule a consultation.
Our Orthodontist, Dr Timothy Irish, will be happy to talk with you and guide you as to whether braces or Invisalign (clear braces) would be beneficial for you or your children.
Call our office at 707-762-0067 to schedule your complimentary consultation!